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November 14, 2014

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Welcome to HIMSS' Health IT Policy Update, bringing you the latest news on Congressional, federal, and state health IT legislative and regulatory activities from HIMSS' Government Relations office. We welcome your feedback. If you're reading this complimentary newsletter online or receiving it as a forward, please subscribe.

Congressional Affairs

How Might the Changes in Congress Impact Healthcare?
An overview of how the recent election results can and cannot impact national healthcare policy.

Federal Affairs

ONC Publishes Quality Improvement Vision Paper
The paper will illustrate ONC’s ten-year vision for advancing health IT capabilities in a manner that will combine, at a minimum, both clinical decision support (CDS) and clinical quality measurement (CQM) to achieve an interoperable health IT infrastructure.

ONC Rolls Out Innovation Initiatives and Commitments
The Market R&D Pilot Challenge will “call on health innovators to pair with host sites, such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, or pharmacies to develop a pilot proposal. The program will select up to six teams to implement the pilot, conduct a rigorous evaluation, and disseminate its findings in collaboration with ONC.”

IOM issues Study on EHR Inclusion of Socioeconomic Data
On Thursday, November 13, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a study that included researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a host of federal agencies.

State Affairs

Community Health Centers, Inc. of Winter Garden, Florida Selected as 2014 HIMSS Community Health Organization Davies Award Recipient
Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized excellence in the use of health information technology, specifically the use of the electronic health record (EHR) to successfully improve health care delivery processes and patient safety while achieving a demonstrated return on investment.

HIMSS Affairs

CMS Offers CEs and CMEs on ICD-10 Resources
CMS has released three new Medscape Education resources to help providers prepare for the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015.

Encrypt Your Data – REACT
“Encrypt your data to make it unreadable, and you’ll be in line with key HIPAA privacy and security regulations.” This quote is from Leon Rodriquez, the former head of the HHS Office of Civil Rights from 2011 to 2014.

Exploring HIMSS Leadership & Security Surveys
As technology advances, clinicians have ever increasing options to access the clinical information needed to support patient care. Securing data available in EHRs – while at the same time ensuring that the data is readily available to clinicians – is a top concern for many healthcare organizations.

Healthcare Data Breaches – You Can Make a Difference!
Healthcare is in a time of rapid transformation. Healthcare reform is driving marketplace changes and new technologies are emerging daily. The amount of information online is increasing exponentially.

Observations on the Risk Management of Medical Device and Software Cybersecurity
Many healthcare organizations have worked hard to reduce cybersecurity risks in recent years. Annual risk assessments have been completed, often by third-party security professionals.


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HIMSS Events

Health IT Policy Committee Meetings

Health IT Standards Committee Meetings

Upcoming CMS National Provider Calls

Are You Reducing Costs and Simplifying Clinical Collaboration?
November 17, 2014

Effective Patient Engagement: Strategies and Tactics | Connected Patient Community
November 18, 2014

Increasing Patient Engagement Through Effective UX
November 18, 2014

7th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California HIMSS Chapter
November 18, 2014

HIMSS and AHRMM Webinar: Cost-Quality-Outcomes Movement
November 19, 2014

HIMSS Cost-Quality-Outcomes Movement Webinar
November 19, 2014

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
November 20, 2014

Career Change? How to Navigate through HIT Industry
November 20, 2014

Navigating the New Healthcare Security Landscape: Rethinking Your Security Posture
November 20, 2014

5 Essentials of a Population Health Strategy
November 21, 2014

HIMSS15 VCS Chapter Sponsored Travel Honorariums | Application
November 21, 2014


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